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Hernandez has been the focus of the homicide investigation for more than a week.

Lloyd’s family told WBZ-TV he was dating a woman whose sister is Hernandez’s fiancee.

They declined comment Wednesday on Hernandez’s arrest as they went to Attleboro for the arraignment.

Police had questioned Hernandez and searched his home several times in the last week and left with boxes of evidence. Hernandez then hired the high-powered Boston law firm of Ropes and Gray.

His attorneys Michael Fee and Jamie Sultan were seen at his home around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, but they did not speak to reporters.

There were two other men involved in the murder, according to prosecutors.

WBZ has learned a man named Carlos Ortiz was arrested Wednesday in Bristol, Connecticut for a probation violation.

Authorities in Connecticut will not confirm that he is connected to murder of Odin Lloyd, but they do say they have been in contact with the Bristol County DA’s office in Massachusetts. Ortiz is being held on $1.5 million bail.

A home belonging to a relative of Hernandez was also searched in Bristol Wednesday night, according to WFSB. Officers would not say if the search was connected to the murder investigation.

After he was arraigned, Hernandez was transported from Attleboro District Court to the Bristol County Jail in Dartmouth. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson spoke with Hernandez, and says the former Patriots tight end was “polite” and “normal.”

The sheriff says Hernandez will undergo mental and physical health evaluations during the first 48 hours he is in jail and will be interviewed about any possible gang affiliations. If he is put into general population, he will have a roommate and be put in a 10×7 cell. Sheriff Hodgson stressed that Hernandez will be treated no different than any other prisoner.

Hernandez, a tight end, was a fourth round pick of the Patriots in 2010 out of the University of Florida.

He signed a five-year, $40 million extension last year. Of that $40 million, $16 million was guaranteed.

According to the NFL Network, the Patriots may still have to pay Hernandez $2.46 million over the next two years.

Shortly after the arrest, Hernandez’s number 81 jerseys were pulled from the shelves of the Patriots Pro Shop at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  His name was also removed from the roster on the team’s web site.

Fans at Gillette told WBZ-TV’s Michelle Roberts they support the Patriots decision to release him.

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